I'm Dave White, and I was so inspired by the first Cycling for Sight (CFS) tour in 2005, that I founded the year-round bike club that sustains and expands the mission, to share sport with those who need visual assistance. The Blind Stokers Club is built around tandem teams of cyclists, and has grown to 140 local members. The role of BVI athlete guiding is being discovered by many to be a most enriching physical and companionship experience.
Here is what my tandem partner Jaime shared: I am a vision-impaired "stoker", or person who rides in the rear saddle of a tandem bicycle. The Blind Stokers Club (BSC) has helped me regain the ability to participate in an activity that I enjoyed when I had better eyesight. I now, along with other BVI people in the club, can enjoy the friendship, fellowship and healthy exertion of cycling without the limitations of sight. I have been a member of BSC since January, 2015, and I have participated in two CFS annual fundraisers prior to this year. The proceeds benefit the San Diego Center for the Blind and the BSC. Both organizations reach out to those who may be bereft of all or most of their sight. When I was 18 years old, I attended the San Diego Center for the Blind where I was taught basic independence skills such as mobility training and the use of visual aids. This had helped me throughout my adult life. The BSC has helped me regain something that I thought once lost.
Your tax deductible donation will stay in San Diego, to provide training and counseling to blind and vision-impaired adults in the region. A portion of each dollar will enable more BVI people to enjoy the simple pleasures of riding a bike. You can help build independence in living, and also foster team relationships in sport.
Keep up the good work!